The skinny (literally) on our newest training camp fodder...
Jamal Sampson #31
Born: May 15, 1983 - Inglewood, California
Draft: 2002 - 2nd round (47th overall) by the Utah Jazz
5 games 1.6 minutes... hardly worth mentioning
Sampson averaged 15.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 2.4 bpg as a senior. Led his Mater Dei team to the California state championship with a 57-54 victory over Modesto Christian. Mater Dei finished the 2000-01 season with a 33-2 record and a No. 4 national ranking from USA Today.
Cousin of Ralph Sampson, enjoys swimming and fishing
According to NBADraft.net in 2002:
The dreaded "P" word. Jamal has great potential. But at this point his game is very raw. However, 7 footers with his athleticism are not a dime a dozen. Has long arms and very good shot blocking ability. Has the potential to be among the game's elite centers, but has a lot of dedication and hard work in front of him before he can even think about that. Has excellent quickness for a 6-11 bigman. Good shot blocker/rebounder with touch around the basket.
Lack of skills. Jamal will be another player on the 3-4 year plan. A high risk/reward type. Sometimes these (early entrant) players blossom into superstars and sometimes they fizzle into duds. Had injury problems in high school. Lack of strength will keep him from making much of a splash quickly. Desire is still under question. Doesn't appear to be the most disciplined player.